Zapatista News Summary for February 2015

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Zapatista News Summary for February 2015

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  1. Forced displacement of families, indigenous Tojolabales, from the community of Primero De Agostoin the municipality of Las Margaritas. Frayba denounce the forced displacement of 57 indigenous Tojolabales, including 12 minors, one newborn, 20 women and 25 men, residents of the community of Primero de Agosto, by members of the Historic Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Peasants (CIOAC-H), who are protected in the region by the municipal government of Las Margaritas. The displaced people are now living in very unhealthy conditions in a camp on the side of the road, with very little food.
  2. A national and international brigade of observation in solidarity with San Sebastián Bachajón, convened by the Network against Repression and for Solidarity, visited the ejido in response to the serious risk of attack and displacement. They heard stories of the struggle in defence of their lands, documented problems, and shared the everyday work…

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From India and Turkey to Oxford, we live in a perpetual state of war against women | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian

The war against women is waged routinely and globally. Equality of the most basic kind cannot exist when a woman’s life and her words are always worth less than a man’s. But in the darkness of the night, what haunts us are not broken systems but the faces of the broken girls. So, so many. All the time.

via From India and Turkey to Oxford, we live in a perpetual state of war against women | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian.

India Bans Film About Infamous 2012 Gang Rape : The Two-Way : NPR

Udwin said she was “deeply saddened” by the controversy, and she urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “to deal with this unceremonious silencing of the film.” She added:

“India should be embracing this film — not blocking it with a knee jerk hysteria without even seeing it. This was an opportunity for India to continue to show the world how much has changed since this heinous crime; sadly, the FIR and the banning of the film will see India isolated in the eyes of the world. It’s a counter productive move. Whoever is behind this — please see the film and then come to a conclusion.”

via India Bans Film About Infamous 2012 Gang Rape : The Two-Way : NPR.

IRIN Middle East | What refugees really think of aid agencies | Israel | Jordan | Lebanon | Syria | Aid Policy | Human Rights | Refugees/IDPs

Aid agencies are partial, unaccountable and potentially corrupt, and they fail to meet refugees’ most pressing needs.

These are just some of the criticisms emerging from a series of new focus groups with refugees and others who receive aid across the Middle East.

Concerns included a lack of consultation about people’s needs, a failure to protect the most vulnerable, confusion over which agency was responsible for what, duplicated aid, as well as instances where help was perceived to be withheld or prioritised due to political or religious affiliation.

“When you decide to help someone you have to remove all their affiliations and simply treat them as humans,” noted one female youth leader from Palestine.

via IRIN Middle East | What refugees really think of aid agencies | Israel | Jordan | Lebanon | Syria | Aid Policy | Human Rights | Refugees/IDPs.

Avian Flu Diary: Study: Recombinant H5N2 Avian Influenza Virus Strains In Vaccinated Chickens

The `elephant in the room’ is that 10 years ago, when most of these countries elected to rely primarily on poultry vaccinations to control H5N1, there was only one HPAI H5 virus of concern; H5N1.   Now we now have at least a half dozen subtypes (H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, H5N5,  H5N8) and literally dozens of clades between them.

This rapid growth is likely due in no small part to the continued use of outdated, poorly matched poultry vaccines which only hid symptoms in birds, and allowed viruses to continue to circulate and reassort.

via Avian Flu Diary: Study: Recombinant H5N2 Avian Influenza Virus Strains In Vaccinated Chickens.

Judge bans a Facebook page exposing paedophiles and awards £20,000 damages to convicted sex offender

So, you have to wonder, how much the judge drinks for lunch or how far he has his head up where the sun don’t shine to make such a silly and harmful decision.

Westminster Confidential

An extraordinary ruling by a Northern Ireland judge will lead to a chilling effect on people using the internet to expose convicted paedophiles and give hope to sex offenders that they can make money from people and organisations attacking them for their crimes.

The  Belfast case has been picked up by the excellent Inforrm blog which gives a detailed legal analysis of what happened from Lorna Skinner ,a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

The facts appear to be these. Joseph McCloskey set up a Facebook profile page called ” Keep Our Kids Safe from Predators 2 ” which posted information about a convicted sex offender called CG. A similar page was set up by RS the father of one  of CG’s victims.

CG’s lawyers complained about the postings on both sites.

Inforrm says: ” Broadly speaking, each consisted of the publication of a photograph of CG together with information identifying him as…

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NYC Rats Now Carrying Same Fleas That Spread Bubonic Plague: Gothamist

The good news is that researchers did not find any plague or typhus bacteria in the fleas they sampled. But come on, we all know it’s only a matter of time. “If these rats carry fleas that could transmit the plague to people, then the pathogen itself is the only piece missing from the transmission cycle,” says Matthew Frye, the lead author of the study.

via NYC Rats Now Carrying Same Fleas That Spread Bubonic Plague: Gothamist.

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules – NYTimes.com Advertising $$ down – want Koch Bros to buy ads?

Mrs. Clinton is not the first government official — or first secretary of state — to use a personal email account on which to conduct official business.

But her exclusive use of her private email, for all of her work, appears unusual, Mr. Baron said. The use of private email accounts is supposed to be limited to emergencies, experts said, such as when an agency’s computer server is not working.

“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.

via Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules – NYTimes.com.

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